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All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating the Appearance day of Lord Balarama in a grand manner on Friday - August 11th, 2017 from 6.30 pm onwards.
The actual appearance day was on Monday- Aug 7th 2017. Devotees fasted until noon on Monday.
We welcome you, your family and friends to this auspicious event coming Friday at ISKCON Scarborough.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations.
Lord Balarama is his second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.
Lord Balarama exemplifies the service attitude to Krishna. His only mission is to please Krishna by rendering service to Him, whether it is in the creation of the material worlds, maintaining the spiritual world or as His personal paraphernalia.
Lord Balarama is the eternal companion of Sri Krishna. He came as Lakshmana with Rama and later as Nityananda Prabhu with Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is the original spiritual master, and any one desiring to make spiritual progress must first get the mercy of Lord Balarama. Directly we cant approach Krishna, only through Balaram we can approach Supreme Lord Krishna. Spiritual master represents the true representation of Balaram. Thus by following the instructions of the spiritual master and by pleasing him, we can get the grace of Krishna.
Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia. Five thousand years ago when Krishna descended into the material world, He was first preceded by Baladeva. Only after Baladeva give His mercy did Krishna descend, such is the intimate relationship between Krishna and Baladeva.
The splendor of Lord Balarama’s form eclipses many millions of glistening rising moons, and the slightest scent of His boundless strength is sufficient to destroy many armies of demons. Although He knows the supernatural power of His younger brother, Krishna, still, out of love for Him, He never leaves Krishna alone in the forest even for a moment. Balarama is Sri Krishna’s dearest friend and is a great reservoir of many kinds of pastimes.
Some of the Pastimes of Lord Balarama
- Balarama slays demon Dhenukasura
- Balarama kills Pralambasura
- Balarama was always glorified by Krishna
- Yamuna devi was chastised when she did not give way for Balarama
- Kauravas chastised when they had captured Samba
- Balarama marries Revati
- Balarama became angry at Bhima for killing Duryodhana by trickery, but was appeased by Sri Krishna.
- Killing of Romaharshana for not representing Vyasdev properly
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